30 October 2018
President Ramaphosa congratulates H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde on her election as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, who was elected by the Ethiopian Parliament on Thursday, 25 October 2018.
President Ramaphosa echoed the sentiments of the African Union Commission, saying the appointment of Ms Sahle-Work Zewde as the first woman to be elected President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia marks a new milestone in Ethiopia’s trajectory towards women’s empowerment and effective political decision-making.
Recalling the important role played by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in the struggle by the people of South Africa against apartheid, President Ramaphosa said these historical ties have resulted in close bilateral relations between the two states.
The President looks forward to the deepening of bilateral political, economic and trade relations between South Africa and Ethiopia. President Ramaphosa also recalls and values the important role that the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia plays, as host of the African Union, in promoting continental unity and development.
Enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707
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